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I’ve heard this far too many times, but the truth of the matter is that hair never stops growing. Don’t fret! What you may be experiencing is damage that is restricting the ability to retain length. You can assess your hair by checking out the 5 reasons below on why your hair is not growing.

Inbalance:
• Lack of Moisture: Solution: Drink more water! and also hydrate your hair with moisturizing products.
• Lack of Protein: Solution: Hair is made up of protein, try adding more protein to your diet or even directly to your hair as treatments.

Hard H20 Deposits:
• Hard water has a high mineral content, usually calcium and magnesium but may also include bicarbonates and sulfates, which can all create build up.
• Solution: By utilizing a good water filter that removes the unwanted metal ions from the water. Also there are tests you can buy at your local drugstore to test if you have hard water. Another technique is to use a chelating shampoo regularly.

Chemical Damage:
Color treatment: Hair dye needs to be able to get into the hair shaft, so in order for the dye to penetrate through the cuticle, it has to be lifted up. The problem with that is once you’ve disturbed the cuticle, the damage has started because the cuticle is not meant to be lifted up.
Solution: The effects of color treated hair is irreversible, but applying a protein treatment to your hair two to three times per month may help. Protein treatments replace the protein in the hair that is lost through processing, and protein helps strengthen your damaged hair.

Poor Diet/Lack of Exercise:
As that saying goes: “you are what you eat”, and if you are not getting the proper nutrients or vitamins for your body your hair could really suffer.
Solution: Hair is made up of protein, eat more proteins! as well as greens. Multi-vitamins also help aid in strengthening hair.

Physical Damage:
Styling maintenance: Sometimes fussing with your hair too much (i.e. over styling), excessive heat styling, chemical hair coloring, and bleaching can cause a lot of stress to your hair. It can weaken your hair’s elasticity and can lead to breakage, thinning of the hair and severe hair damage.
Solution: Less is always more. Use everything in moderation. Try heatless hairstyles for a while to give your hair a break. If you are coloring, opt for a Henna dye or Vegan color which is safer and less harsh on your tresses. Also, low manipulation styles are a charm!

Remember, the key to having long hair is length retention. Your hair is always growing, but by taking proper care of your hair (especially the ends which are the oldest parts of your hair), you will have less damage and breakage and therefore will be able to retain more length. How do you retain more length? By keeping your hair properly moisturized and Finding the Balance. Less manipulation with your hands, combs, and brushes will reduce the amount of breakage. Using less heat and trimming your ends when needed will reduce the amount of damage on the hair.

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Sometimes buying gel at your local beauty supply store often can be pricey. Especially if you use a lot! Well, why not be frugal and save some cash! Check out this all natural DIY method of making your own gel with just 2 ingredients; Flaxseed and water! It’s as simple as that. Check out the video below by Naptural85.

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A quick and easy tutorial on how to do box braids on natural hair. I really like this method because it isn’t super tight at the root and does not leave that stiff feeling, so if you’re tender headed this may be a plus for you. Oh & PS. I buzzed my sides =D Enjoy!

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Hair info:
• I used 3 Packs of #27 Kanekalon Jumbo Braid Hair
• 1 pack of 84″inch #27 Kanekalon Jumbo Braid Hair
• To seal the ends use boiling hot water
• Total Time (5 Hours)

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Sometimes pinappling your hair can leave you all frazzled after thinking your wash & go is all preserved for the next day. In this video, I will show you how to refresh your curls right after pinappling. Check out the video below.

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I am absolutely in love with the Adore Curls product line! Not only are their products natural but they are also cruelty free. These products cater to every hair texture and are made with luxury ingredients. I tested these products for over a month on my hair to see how it would react, check out the review below for more deets!

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It even comes in the cutest packaging, totally loved that!

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Light Conditioning Cream & Moisturizer
I may have found another staple! Not only is this product lightweight, but you can also use it daily as a moisturizer! The consistency is medium to light and a little goes a long way. I used this on my wash and go and on twist outs and they turned out lovely!
Retail Price: 16.00 for 8oz.
Ingredients:Distilled Water, Pure Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Conditioning Emulsifier, Sweet Almond Oil, Premium Fragrance Oil, Vitamin E, Paraben and Formaldehyde-¬Free Preservative, Premium Fragrance Oil

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Whipped Dream Hair Butter (Trial Size)
This cream is amaze balls! I used this to coat my strands for extra moisture and it did the job! Not only did it keep my hair moisturized but it even softened it as well. You can even use this on your skin! It has a thick consistency, but once you rub it in your fingers it becomes a really light pomade. It also smells delish, like a tropical concoction!
Retail Price: 18.00 for 8oz.
Ingredients:Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Golden Jojoba Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Vitamin E, Premium Fragrance Oil

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Liquid Luxe Hair Oil (Trial Size)
This is such a great sealant! I used this oil with the LCO Method (Liquid, Cream & Oil), but aside from the LCO Method this oil can be used is so many ways! Hot oil treatment, pre-shampoo, sealant and even on your skin! Sealants are great for locking in moisture and this product does the job.

Final Thoughts:
I was really impressed with this product line; my hair responded great to the Adore Curls products and my hair felt moisturized without me having to reapply more product. I also found that it did not cause any heavy build up, which is a major plus! I will definitely be adding these as staples. I noticed that my hair always responds better to products that have natural ingredients as opposed to the rest. The only two con’s I found was the smell in the Light conditioning Cream, it has like a minty smell that I wasn’t crazy about, but I found that once it dries it totally goes away! The other con would be the price, it is a bit on the expensive side, but the products are totally worth it! The ingredients are of high quality and natural, which are going to help keep your hair and scalp healthy. I love that the creator of these products is also a naturalista and has formulated these products after realizing that the key to healthy hair and great products is quality ingredients.
Check out these products on their website: www.AdoreCurls.com

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Twistouts are one of my go-to hairstyles, especially for stretching out your hair and creating more length. In this video I will show you how to achieve a great twist out on your hair. Check out the video below, Enjoy!

Products Used:

Adore Curls: https://www.Adorecurls.com
Conditioning Cream
Whipped Butter
Luxe Hair Oil

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Cheers to not using shampoo! If you are ready to give up shampoo or are looking for other methods of cleansing your hair, well then here is another effective method of cleansing your hair naturally. Also, keep in mind that going “no ‘poo” can be a different experience for everyone, depending on your natural hair and scalp condition.

What is a Herbal Rinse?
A hair rinse is a very inexpensive and great way to treat and strengthen hair and scalp, and many of these ingredients can be found in your kitchen. Herbal rinses are known to help with circulation in the scalp, aiding in the stimulation of the hair follicle which leads to hair growth. Some even have the potential to help repair scalp disorders such as dandruff, itchy or flaky scalp and stunted hair growth.
Ready to try it out? These herbal hair rinses are amazing. They are so easy to make and will leave your hair feeling soft and your scalp clean and revitalized, but not stripped or dried out. Use once a week to replace your shampoo for good and allow your natural oils to condition each strand from root to tip. Check out the rinses below.

Chamomile Rose Rinse

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What you will need:
1 ½ cups organic Chamomile tea, brewed strong
1 cup organic Rose Petal tea, brewed strong
1 tbsp baking soda
The deep golden yellow produced by the chamomile flowers makes this a wonderful choice for light colored hair or to enhance natural highlights in darker hair.

Sage Hair Rinse

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What you will need:
2 cups boiling water
2 tsp. dried sage (or 1/2 cup fresh sage leaves)
Pour the water over the sage and steep until cool. Remove (or strain) the sage and apply to freshly washed hair. Sage helps cleanse the hair of oil buildup and promotes healthier hair.

Rosemary Cacao Rinse

Rosemary isolated on white

What you will need:
1 ½ cups organic Cacao nib tea, brewed strong
1 cup organic Rosemary leaf tea, brewed strong
3 drops organic Peppermint essential oil
1 tbsp baking soda
With Rosemary being such a classic herb for hair health, bringing circulation to the scalp and stimulates the follicles. It is also known to enhance the richness in dark colored hair. The naturally conditioning cocoa butter fats found in cacao nibs will leave your hair feeling soft, and the chocolate colored infusion is perfect for all shades of brown hair. Peppermint oil adds an invigoratingly clean scent, and is great for oily or sensitive scalps.

Chamomile Hair Rinse

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What you will need:
2 cups boiling water
2 tsp. dried chamomile (or fresh chamomile if available)
Pour boiling water over chamomile and steep until cool. Strain and pour over clean hair. Massage into scalp.
Great for soothing an itchy or sore scalp. It has also been said to heal scalp ailments such as dandruff, dry patches and eczema. Known for Soothing and Healing the Scalp, Giving Hair Sheen and lighten hair.

UntitledI am obsessed with this look from Chanel’s 2014 Haute Couture Show! It is actually really simple and easy to achieve by using a powdered glitter or you can even use a liquid glitter gel liner! I saw this ad recently on Elle Magazine; I fell in Love with it and decided to try it out! I LOVE glittah so you know your girl had to experiment with this look! =D

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Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

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Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

Check out the video below for deets on how to achieve this look.

Products Used:

Lush Enzymion Moisturizer
Anastasia Brow Gel
MAC Paint Pot
Nars concealer
NYX Powder
NYX Blush
MAC Honey Love
Benefit They’re REAL Mascara
MAC Eyelashes
Inglot Gel
Sephora Liquid Liner
MakeupForever Glitters
Gelquins/Crystals (Local Beads Store)
Sephora glitter Primer
Idol HD Lancome Foundation
Smashbox BB Cream

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What is Biotin?
Biotin is a vitamin of the B complex, which is found in egg yolk, liver, and yeast. A great aid in helping your body process energy, and of carrying carbon dioxide through your body.

Why is it good for your hair?
Generally, if you suffer from a Biotin deficiency, you will typically experience hair loss and brittle nails, and taking supplements or biotin in food will help aid in preventing this process. In many cases, taking a form of Biotin supplement may even help you to stimulate new hair and nail growth.
There are many pill forms of Biotin that are on the market nowadays, that can be taken as a supplement. But you can also have your daily intake of Biotin naturally. Here is a list of 8 natural great sources of Biotin for hair.

Biotin Facts:

  • Biotin Promotes Healthy Hair Growth
  • Protects against dryness
  • Increases hair’s elasticity
  • To reduce breakage, it helps produce keratin that prevents hair loss

Top 8 Natural Food sources of Biotin:
Eggs
Peanuts
Walnuts
Almonds
Whole Wheat Bread
Cauliflower
Avocado
Raspberries

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I am loving these new wire head bands that have been out for quite some time. They are the perfect accessory to add some jazz or flair to your hair. Check out these 5 easy on-the-go hairstyles that can be achieved within minutes with your wire headband.